The Altar Server assists the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations. Their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the Altar Servers also model good liturgical participation.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion serve the Eucharistic life of the community. They are acknowledged by the bishop at the request of the Pastor to assist the celebrant and other Ordinary Ministers during liturgy in sharing the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ. They are commissioned by the Pastor or his delegate. The commissioning should take place in the presence of the community during mass.
Lectors proclaim the word of God. It is an ancient and honoured ministry in the Church. From the very beginning, Christians have gathered together to hear the word of God, and, from the very beginning, there have been individuals entrusted with the task of reading the word. The Church values Scripture as central to Her life.
If you love music, like to sing, play an instrument, enjoy fun and fellowship, consider joining one of our choirs. Our music ministry is for adults and youth who enjoy singing or can play a musical instrument to help enrich our celebrations. We are always looking for more voices and instrumentalists to join our existing choirs, so please don’t hesitate to speak with members of the choir after mass.
Whether or not there is a person bearing the title of sacristan, many things need to be done before liturgy can take place. The building must be opened and lit, cleaned and decorated for the feast. Bread and wine must be in place, vessels and vestments available, books and candles set out. The ordained ministers often do some of this work. The lectors, acolytes, ushers and Eucharistic ministers usually have responsibilities for ensuring items for their jobs are in place or for cleaning and replacing the vessels that they use.
Ushers and Greeters welcome and assist parishioners and newcomers to our Sunday Worship. Ushers are also the ones who pass around the collection basket in Church. Mass should be a time of renewal and celebration. Greeters and Ushers help make this a reality for those in attendance. In Christ, we have received God’s unconditional love. The ministry of ushering is crucial because it is one of the most visible in the Church, where that same unconditional love is extended to others. Since our Parish is a tourist destination, it is so important to make visitors feel welcomed to share in our universal celebration.
Some gifts of service are not visible, but that does not make it any less important. Collection Counters gather to count the weekly collection for all the Masses. It requires a once a month commitment with a counting partner, for approximately 2 hours on a Monday, Tuesday, or a Wednesday. This is a great opportunity to do something for your Parish. Training is provided for opportunities to learn about this important ministry. Please call the Parish office for more information, or to sign up.
Caretakers are expected to perform daily maintenance tasks such as janitorial duties and yard care. Security is part of the job, making sure the building is empty before locking up. They are also expected to repair anything that becomes damaged or worn out, including plumbing, electrical and carpentry. A Caretaker is in charge of scheduling and supervising subcontractors for larger jobs.
Each parish is required to have a Finance Council to assist the pastor in overseeing the financial concerns and obligations of the parish. It is a consultative body which works in harmony with the pastor and the Parish Pastoral Council in planning and administering the financial aspects of parish life.
The shrine will have a kiosk desk in the narthex, where visitors can get information about parish events and programs, when the office is closed, and to purchase religious items and grocery cards.
Care of Linens
We are always preparing for the next liturgy by ensuring that the purificators, towels, altar cloths and altar server gowns are clean and ready for use.
Parish Pastoral Team
The mission of the Parish Pastoral Team is to support, provide vision and direction to the pastor. The Parish Pastoral team is made up of representatives from our parish. It serves to build the parish as a living Christian community by identifying needs and gifts and bringing them together in ministry.
The essence of Pastoral Care is bringing Jesus Christ, fully alive and present in the Eucharist to nourish the souls of those members of the Body of Christ who because of illness or disability are unable to join with the rest of the Our Lady of the Rockies Parish community at our weekly celebrations of the Eucharist. You can’t get any closer to Jesus while alive on this earth than by receiving Him in the Eucharist.
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